Bockman helps vulnerable children in Port Lincoln community

VOLUNTEER: Port Lincoln's Trish Bockman has been volunteering all her life before she became a local Department for Child Protection volunteer about four years ago.

VOLUNTEER: Port Lincoln's Trish Bockman has been volunteering all her life before she became a local Department for Child Protection volunteer about four years ago.

Trish Bockman has been volunteering all her life and is hoping to spread the word about the benefits of volunteering with children ahead of National Volunteer Week.

Ms Bockman has volunteered with the Port Lincoln Department for Child Protection for about four years and said the experience was heartwarming as the children looked forward to your visit.

She is one of eight volunteers at the local department, but the service is looking for more people in the community to put their hand up to help care for vulnerable children.

She said she first heard about the program through a friend and volunteers her time about three to four times a week with the service now.

"It's satisfying to know you're helping children and giving them those opportunities."

"I used to work as a support worker for children," she said.

"It's satisfying to know you're helping children and giving them those opportunities.

"I volunteer quite a lot...it's very enjoyable and I've met lots of new people."

As a volunteer with the department she drives children to see family, takes them on outings to the movies or to lunch, collects them from school and transports them to medical appointments or respite care locally and in Adelaide.

In addition to her volunteering with the department she volunteers with several other programs in the region, including Little Bags of Hope and Uniting Country SA.

This year's National Volunteer Week, from May 20 to 26, is the thirtieth anniversary of the week and will celebrate the generous contribution six million volunteers make in Australian communities.

Children Protection Minister Rachel Sanderson said volunteers like Ms Bockman played an important and valuable role in regional SA communities, especially in helping to care for the state's most vulnerable children.

"Volunteers also help children in care with homework and other activities like craft or music - these activities are incredibly important for the well-being of our young people," she said.

"Ahead of National Volunteer Week, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful volunteers, as well as our selfless foster and kinship carers, who provide invaluable support to our most vulnerable children."

The child protection department is looking for more volunteers, for more information or to inquire contact the local branch on 8688 3344.